Returning from a tumultuous week in Canberra, I found my daffodils and hellebores have begun to flower.I have been lucky enough to have several varieties of hellebores thanks to the wonderful Barbara Jenkins and her love of these winter roses. She has bred several different colours and I am looking forward to the colour they bring to a winter garden.
My daphne is also about to flower. I love the perfume of daphne as it reminds me of my grandmother’s garden.
As a child our family used to visit my grandparent’s house for tea on a Sunday evening. Frequently my grandmother would have picked small posies of polyanthus, daphne, grape hyacinths and the like to give to teachers and my sister and I would dutifully head off to Wesley Vale Area School the next morning with posies in hand. I suppose primary school children still do that sometimes although I suspect it is more of a country practise. It must be one of the joys of being a primary school teacher.